STATESVILLE, N.C. (April 10, 2017) – A full moon shined brightly over Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville Saturday night as Bret Holmes took to the track in the Music City 200 Presented by Azure Foundation.
With expectations high, the Munford, AL native looked to be in prime position to grab his first series win in the Music City. The No.23 Veteran’s Oil Chevy qualified in fifth, and after practicing well, the race seemed like it was his to lose.
But as the old saying goes, strange things just seem to happen on a full moon.
As soon as the green flag dropped, Holmes came over the radio to report a rising oil temperature issue, and as the numbers reached dangerous levels, he began to lose position.
Finally, after dropping out of the top-10, he was able to come to pit road where adjustments were made to the car, but unfortunately, that was not the only problem that included the No.23 during the event.
Over the remainder of the 200-lap contest, Holmes would fight into the top-10 and then fall back out, as he battled a tight racecar that no matter how much was attended to could not be fixed. This issue along with a lingering engine problem put the team in a hole as the final laps approached.
“We just had some tough breaks out there tonight,” Holmes said. “Some weeks you have luck and some you don’t. I am just glad we finished the race in one piece tonight. There were a lot of torn up cars by the end of that one.”
Luckily though, the race did see its fair share of cautions that allowed the team to make more adjustments in the closing laps. During the last pit-stop of the evening, the team put on a set of scuff tires that allowed Holmes to gain a few spots up to 13th as the checkered flag flew.
“I was glad we were able to make a few adjustments that helped towards the end of the race,” Holmes said. “I know it wasn’t the finish we wanted, but we just have to stay positive. There are so many races left, and I know we will get there. We just have to give it our best shot every week.”
The one big positive from the night was Holmes moving from sixth to fifth place in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards Driver Point Standings. This is the highest Holmes has ever been in the standings in his young career.
BHR will now put Nashville in the rearview mirror and look forward to their next race at Salem Speedway in Salem, IN. Holmes managed a third-place finish there last fall.
“Salem is a fun track that I have done pretty well in the past at,” Holmes said. “We are just going to put this one behind us and go get it done in a few weeks up in Indiana. I am very confident that we can get a better result. It’s in us. We just have to find it.”
The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 will be April 30th on MAVTV.
About Bret Holmes Racing: Bret Holmes Racing is an Alabama-based ARCA racing team that operates out of Munford, AL and Statesville, N.C. while still holding true to its traditional southern roots. Founded by Stacy Holmes of Holmes II Excavation in Munford, we stick to our good nature and solid values to put the best product on and off the track with our driver Bret Holmes.